Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Debate on Palm Oil use in our Food

Have you heard of Palm Oil? If not, you should find out. Palm Oil has become quite common and is used in products that you couldn't even imagine would contain such an oil. Some of the products that contain palm oil? Processed ones -- such as cookies, crackers and microwave popcorn. How can anyone ever guess this was the case unless you carefully read the ingredients on the back of the label?

The bottom line really has to do with knowing your source and knowing whether it is a reputable one that will tell the whole story or leave parts out. Your can read an article about Palm Oil that NPR wrote, here.

According to NPR:
"Food manufacturers are using palm oil. But it's not an ideal replacement.
There are environmental concerns about how palm oil is produced. And what's more, from a health perspective, palm oil is high in saturated fat.
In one , people who were put on a diet rich in palm oil for about five weeks saw their LDL cholesterol (that's considered the bad cholesterol) rise. This is very similar to what happens on a diet high in partially hydrogenated oils, which contain trans fats."

NPR is a reputable source that enlists reporters from Washington D.C., and in bunkers, streets, alleys, jungles and deserts around the world. They use the intelligence and know-how of engineers, editors, inventors and visionaries. NPR, "We are Member stations around the country who are deeply connected to our communities. We are listeners and donors who support public radio because we know how it has enriched our own lives and want it to grow strong in a new age."

The second source or article that talks about Palm Oil comes from food manufacturer, Campbell's Soup. There is question as to how they can make palm oil, that is used in there soups by the way, in a more sustainable way. According to Campbell's, they are committed to 100% Certified Sustainable Sources of Palm Oil by 2015. Is this possible? Who knows, but check out the article...

Would you trust a reputable source like NPR over a food manufacturer who is doing everything in their power to stay "alive" in this ultra competitive market-driven world of what they consider to be good manufacturing practices for food?

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